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NEEDHAM DBS DELIVERS UNIQUE JOIST SYSTEM TO ICT21

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Another example of the unique solutions that Needham DBS can bring to the table! Extended lead times have made a traditional welded bar joist option difficult to fit into an aggressive construction schedule. Needham DBS, in partnership with Marko Metal Systems, supplied an alternative cold formed steel joist system for the project. The system uses an all-bolted system of standard roll-formed components that can be assembled in the field. This approach cut at least 10-12 weeks out of the traditional joist procurement process, allowing an on-time start to tilt-up and steel erection in March.

Joists are assembled on site and then bundled and tagged for staging. The steel erector will panelize the joists into a 6-joist system with all bridging completed on the ground provides safe and stable erection.

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Needham DBS Searching for Talent

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Needham DBS is seeking talent for both the Fort Wayne Indiana and Lenexa Kansas offices.  Needham DBS has a culture focused on finding the right candidates for long-term career positions rather than filling job postings.  Please send resume and cover letter to khand@needham-dbs.com or jblankenship@needham-dbs.com for consideration.

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Needham DBS Delivers to Russell Davenport Industrial Park

Needham DBS Delivers to Russell Davenport Industrial Park

Needham DBS has delivered steel for the new 251,100 square foot building for Russell Davenport Industrial Park. The steel is part of a design-build package that was engineered, detailed and fabricated by Needham DBS. All the conventional steel products arrived mid-January and about half of the girders, joists and deck arrived the last week of January. The remainder of the steel is scheduled to arrive on site by mid-February.  The project is the first building in the 95-Acre industrial park.  Additional buildings for the industrial park are already in the works and will soon follow.  

Needham DBS Delivers to Crystal Distribution

Needham DBS Delivers to Crystal Distribution

Needham DBS delivered the remaining structural steel to Crystal Distribution in Waterloo Iowa.  The project is an expansion to the existing facility and consists of six building sections: an office, east dock/defrost section, operations section, west dock, freezer/cooler section and an engine room.  The final shipment of steel, 140 tons, arrived via eight trucks to the site January 25, 2022.

Needham DBS Delivers Long Span Joists

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Needham DBS delivered long span steel joists to Maranatha Christian Academy in Shawnee, Kansas by way of a 90-foot stretch trailer.  The 101-foot long DLH joists for the gymnasium were delivered on January 17, 2022 with special permitting for a 90-foot stretch trailer and a 10-foot rear overhang.  A second truck hauled additional long span joists on an 80-foot stretch and a 20-foot rear overhang.  The massive joists will span across the gymnasium at 10-foot on ceter to support a 3-inch deep metal roof deck.

Needham DBS: Fort Wayne 2021 Christmas Dinner

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Needham DBS' Fort Wayne Office celebrated the success of 2021 with a year end Christmas Dinner.  The dinner was held in the Boardroom at Ruth's Chris Steak House in downtown Fort Wayne on December 11, 2021.

We Keep Projects Moving Forward.

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Needham DBS 2021 Advertising Campaign.

Needham DBS 2021 Summer Interns

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Needham DBS hosted one, two, THREE summer interns for 2021.  Chelsea Lewis returned for a second summer as the seasoned intern, she is pursuing her Master's in Architectural Engineeing at K-State. Blake Walker is a student at University of Kansas seeking a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  Alexanderia Birlingmair joined us from Iowa State University, also seeking a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  It was a pleasure to work with these three interns collaborating on projects.  During the summer we visited Insteel Wire Products in St. Joseph, MO and visited project sites.

Needham DBS Supplies Test Frames for Research Project

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Needham DBS designed and supplied the structural steel test frames for full scale composite insulated wall panel testing. Needham DBS, a charter member of the TCA, worked closely with the University of Nebraska Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction's Marc Maguire, PhD. The researchers, contractors, engineers and vendors worked out the loading requirements and the functionality of the test frames to perform the panel testing. Needham DBS was also responsible for the foundation design to anchor the test frames as well as communicating the panel design and detailing requirements for the panel contractor to build the panels.  

Design Build Steel, the "DBS" arm of Needham DBS, supplies structural steel products for all project types.  It was a pleasure to work on a unique project and donate the materials for the advancement of the tilt-up industry. 

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We Rise to the Challenge.

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Needham DBS Sponsors TCA Virtual Convention

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Needham DBS is a proud sponsor and exhibitor of the 2020 Tilt-Up Concrete Association Virtual Convention. 

Due to meeting restrictions, the TCA chose to hold a virtual convention for 2020.  Using Virbela as the platform, the TCA created "The Aggregate" where convention attendees created avatars of themselves bringing a human element to the virtual world.  The avatar concept allowed for real time interaction with other attendees.  Needham DBS team members had a lot of fun particpating in games, attending technical sessions, visiting exhibitors and networking with others in the industry.  Needham DBS is looking forward to seeing everyone LIVE next year in St. Louis! 

We Make Field Calls.

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Keeping the Construction Pipeline Filled

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While construction continues as essential business in most states, Needham DBS has concerns that the construction services supply chain is being disrupted. As leading indicators to construction activity, the Architectural and Engineering services sector must keep the pipeline filled with new and active design to prevent downturns in the second and third quarter construction projects. There’s a tremendous amount of fear in the country and the next few weeks will only add to that anxiety as many of the hot spot areas around the country reach closer to their peak. Experts say that those areas may not start to see relief until the third week in April and much of the country may not be back to work until early June.

Needham DBS has been busy working through the backlog of projects that were lined up going into the COVID-19 pandemic. The approach is to work through that backlog as quickly as possible to free up opportunities that require “speed to market” resources, either services or materials. Architects and Engineers should be procuring new work to keep the pipeline primed but many new projects aren’t kicking off due to owner uncertainty or restrictions in commercial real estate lending.

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Masked Bandits

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Employees relocated to home stations on Monday, March 23, 2020 ahead of the Kansas City metro stay-at-home orders. In a rare sighting, two masked bandits were found colluding in the Needham DBS conference room. CFO, Susan Fox Sherry and President, Karen Hand, geared up with makeshift personal protection equipment, met with Chairman Jeff Needham for a debriefing and critical planning meeting.

Branch Office Stech

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Needham DBS is opening new branch offices all over the metro! (at the request of the county government).

On a related note, table saws make stable office furniture in more than one way.

Kansas City Metro "Stay At Home" Order

The Kansas City Metro counties on both the Missouri and Kansas side of the state line have issued a "Stay At Home" order effective March 24, 2020.  All employees in the Lenexa KS office are being transitioned to home based operations immediately.  All employees are most easily accessible through email.  

Needham DBS anticipates the Fort Wayne office will quickly follow and several employees are already home-based in preparation for that order.

Schedule and Supply Chain Disruptions

Needham DBS has been operating in a mostly “business as usual” manner through the COVID-19 pandemic but the reality is, things will not be “business as usual” for some time. As the President tries to wrangle the explosion of new cases and the impacts on the economy, drastic measures may be required to mitigate those risks. State and local government leaders took the message from the President seriously and have imposed restrictions on schools and businesses keeping the spread of the virus from escalating locally. Needham DBS has been closely monitoring the situation and is ready to stand with the President, Governors, and local leaders to make the adjustments necessary to protect the safety and health of our employees as well as our communities.

We are not aware of major disruptions at this time but given the day to day changes, it’s best to be prepared. Schedules may be impacted as we transition to at-home work environments to curb community spread. For material supply projects, there are potential delays and disruptions in our vendor supply chain due to plant closures, we have already been put on alert by most manufacturers.

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Needham DBS Open for Business

Needham DBS is currently operating in a mostly “business as usual” manner during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have taken precautions to help protect our employees and offered remote access to work from home through VPN connections should it be necessary to do so. With locations in Fort Wayne, IN and Lenexa, KS the less densely populated areas have resulted in just a few cases regionally and we hope that remains the case throughout the coming weeks.

Both office locations will be closed to all visitors. We are available by phone, video conference and email.

Pittsburg Middle School Wins Award

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The Pittsburg Middle School Addition was selected for the 2019 Kansas ACI Concrete Construction award for the Low Rise Buildings category. The award was presented to the team at the annual Kansas ACI Concrete Construction Awards program on February 12, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Manhattan, KS the evening prior to the Scholer-Peterson Concrete Conference.

The Precast Wall Panels were designed and detailing by Needham DBS with Crossland Prefab being the precast supplier. Other team members who worked on the project were Corner Greer & Associates, DLR Group, and Crossland Construction Co.

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Champs!

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Super proud of our Kansas City Chiefs for Winning the Championship! Go Chiefs!

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